The South Carolina Aquarium can be an asset to learning about marine life around South Carolina. There are shows, animals around to be touched and discovered, and the staff is always open to answering questions. It’s a great place to go for a field trip or to enhance a lesson being taught at home. There is a wealth of knowledge to be learned at the aquarium, if you plan your visit right.
There are a few options to get in the door.
- One time use ticket. $24.95 for 13 and up. $14.95 for ages 3-12. It’s free for 2 and under.
- Yearly membership. This is the most cost effective option, if you plan to attend the South Carolina Aquarium multiple times each year. There are many options from individual yearly membership at $75 a year to an aquarium society membership at $250 a year. The membership can pay for itself with three visits.
- Gather your friends and family. There are discounts for groups of 15 and more.
There are many shows to attend that are really informative. They are generally short and can hold the attention span of children. The daily programs change from time to time, especially when they have new exhibits. The staff take questions and will be glad to teach the children whatever they want to know.
- Animal encounters happen each day at 10 am and 4 pm in the Great Hall. They bring out different animals for a close up look and most of the time you can touch the animal. They provide hand sanitizer to use to clean your hands after the encounter.
- There is a dive program that happens in the Great Ocean Tank at 11 am and 3 pm.
- At 12 pm, there is a show all about alligators. It’s filled with fun facts about alligators, and you might even get to touch an alligator during the show. The program centers around Alabaster, the albino alligator. The albino alligator is a beauty and rarely survives in nature due to its color and inability to blend in to its surroundings.
- There is a nature discovery show at 1 pm in the Great Hall that includes hands on learning and discovery, which is great for the kids. The activities could include anything from sifting for shark teeth, identifying fish, or owl pellet dissection.
- There is a Leapin’ Lemurs show at 2 pm. This is the best time to see the lemurs! They are lively and playing during this time.
Most of all, experience the exhibits and everything the aquarium has to offer. Come prepared with information to tell your children about each exhibit. The South Carolina Aquarium's website has pictures and information of some of the animals and exhibits that are at the aquarium. Look it up and have the names on hand to point out the different marine life, birds, and reptiles. Plan a lesson before or after the visit that revolves around things that you see at the aquarium. Come armed to make it a fun learning experience. Get the most out of your South Carolina Aquarium visit!